Libra is in the Southern Hemisphere, located between Scorpius to the east and Virgo to the west. In addition to Scorpius and Virgo, Libra borders Serpens Caput, Hydra, Centaurus, Lupus and Ophiuchus.
At one time Libra was considered part of Scorpius — the scales looked like claws hung upside down — but then Roman astronomers redrew the skyline and moved the claws of the scorpion to Libra.
Right Ascension: 15.21 hours Declination: -15.59 degrees Visible: between 65 degrees and -90 degrees Best viewing: At 9 p.m. during June
Astraea, the daughter of Themis, was like her mother a prosopopoeia of justice. Legend has it that she was one of the last titans who cohabited with mortals during the Bronze Age, as imprinted out by Hesiod and Ovid. It is believed that men of the Bronze Age had become self-important, but sin was yet to canker their souls. It was during this age that Astraea wandered the Earth and upon her pompous aureate scales liberated the degree of good that remained and evil that had filled the hearts of humans. Depending on that she assigned the riches of men. But when the Bronze Age slowly gave way to the next Age of Iron, the dishonestly of sinfulness of men's hearts increased and Astraea, the ethereal virgin, enraged and suffocated by the evils all around her, left the Earth and flew for her celestial abode. While she remained in the skies as the Virgo constellation, her scales fell nearby and became the constellation of Libra.